The much-awaited tender by the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV) for the auctioning of sever nationwide, high-definition TV licenses of general content was published in the government gazette on Monday.
The tender in in Greek and English and the deadline for the submission of an application is January 8, 2018. According to the gazette, the conditions for the licensing are governed by Greek law and their duration will be ten years.
Each candidate can only receive one license and will have to supply NCRTV a letter of guarantee for 3.5 million euros which will be valid for one year from the date of its issuing.
The full amount for each license will be paid in ten installments and after the payment of the first, the NCRTV will publish the list of the final successful bidders on its official website.
The Council clarified that it will later issue more TV licenses but for varied content but not for general content.
The publication of a tender for the auctioning off of seven, nationwide TV licenses by the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV) will end decades of lawlessness in television, Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information Minister Nikos Pappas said.
“With today’s publication of NCRTV tender […] Greece is entering the final stretch to end a state of lawlessness deliberately maintained by previous governments for 30 whole years,” he said in a statement.
“The SYRIZA-ANEL government has promised to put an end to the unprecedented exploitation of the frequencies, an asset of the Greek people. And it fulfills this promise with the valuable contribution of the NCRTV, whose members I want to thank personally for their courage and professionalism. Rules will be introduced in the television landscape, in political life, in the quality of the television program, in labour relations,” he added.